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World’s Largest Publisher Erases Israel in Children’s Book

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An image from a children's book published by Scholarstic which eliminates the state of Israel. Photo: Times of Israel.

JNS.orgThe children’s publishing company Scholastic is stopping shipments on a book that erases Israel from a Middle East map.

“Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” about journalists hunting for treasure in Egypt, is part of the popular Geronimo Stilton children’s series translated from Italian. It was published by Scholastic in 2012. In a map at the beginning of the book that displays modern Egypt and its neighboring countries, Israel’s territory is included within Jordan and is painted red. A line denoting the Israeli border with the Sinai Peninsula does appear.

Scholastic aknowledged the error in a statement.

“The President of Trade Publishing, who was on a plane yesterday returning from Europe, has confirmed for me this morning that we are stopping shipments on this title, making the correction and going to reprint. We regret the error,” wrote Kyle Good, a senior vice president for corporate communications at Scholastic, the Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

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